Last month, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) launched a new living infrastructure guide.
Launched by NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes MP at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the green roofs and walls guidance note provides surveyors with detailed advice and recommendations on the planning, design and implementation of green roofs and walls on commercial and residential buildings.
The guide looks at green walls and roofs from the surveyor’s perspective, exploring the technical requirements of both new and retrofit projects, their potential value, legal considerations, as well as environmental and community impacts.
UTS researcher and publication co-author, associate professor Sara Wilkinson, said the guide is a practical and tangible solution to the built environment’s mitigation of climate change.
“With roofs making up around 32 per cent of horizontal surfaces in urban areas, there is great scope to utilise these areas in ways that benefit the community and environment, in particular in minimising rising urban temperatures and better capturing rainfall,” she said.
It’s also a ‘world first’ template for owners wishing to license their rooftop for commercial uses.
“Rooftops can be income-generating spaces for owners, and the note proposes an approach to valuation of these spaces,” said Wilkinson.
Green roofs and walls trigger biodiversity revival in otherwise barren urban areas – great news for bees, birds and bugs, and in turn great news for us. Humans can’t survive alone. We need their survival to ensure ours, so supporting biodiversity through green walls and roofs is crucial…